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Al Dunning

Al DunningAl Dunning – About/Bio

Arizona horseman, Al Dunning, has owned and operated his “Almosta Ranch” since 1970. The Quarter Horse training facility is in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Born in Chicago in 1950, Al’s family moved to Arizona when he was 8 years old. He began riding horses with his sisters and went on to further his talents with mentors such as Jim Paul, John Hoyt and Don Dodge. Over the years, Al developed his multi-faceted business with a focus on the development of champion horses and riders.

Al married his wife Becky in 1971. Becky is a well-known horse show announcer, and co-founded America’s Horse Cares, a division of the AQHA foundation which focuses on therapeutic riding charities. The Dunnings have two children, Grady and McKenzie.


* Al and his students have won 32 World and Reserve World titles.

* AQHA World Championships in Reining, Cutting, Working Cow Horse and Western Riding.

* His youth and amateur riders have won 10 World Championships.

* National Reined Cow Horse Association Open Bridle Champion.

* Finalist at the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman Contest.

* Champion at Tropicana Cutting Futurity, PCCHA Derby, NCHA Western Nationals , and Las Vegas Classic/Challenge.

* Finalist or semi-finalist at every NCHA major event.


* Trained and showed the great buckskin performance horse ” Expensive Hobby”, who was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 2007.

* AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year in 1996.

* Monte Roberts Equitarian award in 2004.

* NCHA Zane Schulte Trainer of the Year award in 2003.

* In 2005, received the “Spirit of Community Award” from the Scottsdale Charros for his contribution to an innovative horse program for children called “Horsense”.


* Founding member and Charter President of the Arizona Quarter Horse Youth Association.

* Arizona Quarter Horse Breeder’s Association.

-Past President,

-Served as Drug Committee Chairman

-Past National Director

-Past Sun Country Circuit Chairman

-Youth Advisor for 10 years

* American Quarter Horse Association.

-Approved judge for 27 years

-Currently serving on the Judges Committee as Vice Chairman

-Director at Large

-Served on Hall of Fame, Nominations, and Credentials Committees

-Show Committee member for 17 years and past Chairman

-Judged the AQHA World Show 3 times

-Member of the AQHA Team Wrangler

* Arizona Cutting Horse Association

-Past President

* American Horse Show Association

-Stock Seat Committee for 5 years

* National Reined Cow Horse Association

-Currently on Judges Committee

-Approved judge

* National Cutting Horse Association

-Past National Director

-Served on Rules, Limited Aged Events, and Nominations Committee.


* Owner of A.D. Tack- A full line of top quality saddles, DVD’s, books, bits, and equipment for the horseman.

* Author of “The Ultimate Level of Horsemanship” in 2008 about inspirational thoughts from his training career.

* Author of “Reining” and “Reining, Completely Revised”, best selling book with Western Horseman Magazine.

* Articles featured in: Quarter Horse Journal, Western Horseman, Performance Horse, Horseman, Western Outfitter, Eastern/Western Journal, and many more.

* Horse and Rider Magazine Pro-Team member.

* Taught clinics in 15 states, including Equine Affair, Kansas Equifest, John Lyons Eques America, All-American Quarter Horse Congress, Craig Cameron’s Top Gun Clinic, Equitana USA, and Equitana Germany. Al has also given clinics in countries such as Australia, Germany, Canada and Argentina.

* Owner of Dunning Consulting, LLC., a service that helps equine business start-ups and general consulting.

* Partnership with Equi-racks and MD Barns that develop and sell Al Dunning Tack Room systems.


* Farnam

* MD Barns

* Wrangler

-Member of Wrangler VIP Team

* Professional Choice

* Wayne Hodges 4-Star Trailers

* Priefert Ranch Equipment

* Kiser/TR3 Arena Drags

* Schutz Brothers Tack

* Greeley Hat Works

* Rambo Blankets / Horseware Ireland

* Justin Boots

* LubriSyn

* Cosequin

* Winnie’s Cookies

* Platform Feed

* Intervet

* Awakening Hands

* Bob’s Custom Saddles

* CowTrac Systems

* Equi-Racks

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